I am still trying to “break the fast” of life right now. Yes, still working on it. Progress, YAY! But today I wanted to share a guest post from one of my BBF’s. What’s a BBF? I totally made it up. It means Best Blog Friends, aka blends.
I have known Jolene for a few years and have had the privilege of getting to hang with her in person. She is one of those friends who is ALWAYS there for you. In fact, I’d call her my Sherpa blend. <3
Today she is talking about how she became a bad a** Barre instructor and the benefits of a barre workout. Trust me, you’ll want to go to her class after reading this.
On the benefits of the barre and why it works (for me)
I feel so honored to write a guest post for Lindsay, one of the ‘blends’ I feel so blessed to have met virtually and also (recently), in person! I thought I would share today the benefits of a barre workout and why it just works (for me…and maybe for you too!).
First, a little background. I stumbled upon a local studio north of Boston called barre n9ne studio, almost two years ago now, and checked it out. They were holding a contest for a 60 day ‘body transformation’ and to become their spokesperson for a new 60 day challenge program. I entered my identical sister Jess and I to the contest and we won! In May 2011, we went through this challenge, which incorporated four classes a week, nutrition guidance and tracking etc. and we both lost about 18 inches in those first 60 days, and a total of about 22 inches and 25lbs since staying with the challenge program. From there, our ‘barre-volution’ continued as we officially became certified instructors at the studio, and haven’t looked back since!
With that as background, what I wanted to share today is some of the benefits of a barre workout and how it, combined with healthy eating, and cardio of choice (for me – running, and spinning!) has been the magic bullet for success. A lifestyle I can, and have, sustained for almost two years and there is not a day that goes by that I feel deprived or on a diet. There is no end game in this journey and that feels so peaceful and well, right, doesn’t it?
Barre workouts never get old and they never get easier. Ever.
Unlike other workouts I have done (and I’ve done it all – from Body Pump, to heavy weight lifting, to periodization type weight training, to kickboxing, etc. etc.), the workouts never get old and they never get easier. Who would have thought slow, controlled, intentional movements with 2-3 lb. weights would enact such change?
Barre workouts strengthen your legs as a runner, 360 degrees.
I love to run. But I have always have extremely tight hip flexors and somewhat weak glutes. I have noticed a huge change in the way I run, from my posture, to my body alignment, to my strength. I run stronger, better, and with more endurance than ever before. Barre workouts really strengthen every area of your leg and glutes, from quads, to hips, to glutes, to calves.
You’ll feel stronger, leaner, and ‘worked’ from head to toe.
I love seeing a client (or a friend) experience a class for the first time. Almost always, their first reaction (beyond saying it is the hardest workout they’ve ever done!) is – my body feels worked. They feel looser, stronger, and energetic. It really does foster its own ‘barre high’!
You’ll work your muscles to failure.
Contrary to what some may believe, you don’t have to just lift heavy to get your muscles to failure. This is the first workout that I have ever done where my muscles go to failure every single time, and that gives me the tone and leanness that I was always looking for in my arms and legs. Tiny movements, a zillion reps, and intentional squeezes and pulses, stimulating fast and slow twitch muscles (giving you both tone and endurance and leaning out your body). It’s actually fun. Truly.
I go to the studio, am surrounded by a community of women that support each other in so many ways. From sharing new foodie finds (even Healthy Bites! SO many clients are fueled by Lindsay’s bites of goodness!), to complimenting each other’s progress, it is a happy, positive place.
Ultimately, the barre is my happy place addiction (like whoa)! Finding a program that just works for me has made working out a joy and something I always look forward to and never tire of. And ultimately, isn’t that what it’s all about? Finding something that works for you, sticking to it, and seeing the results you always wanted. If you have always wanted to try a barre workout but haven’t, I urge you to as it truly is one of the best workouts I have ever done.
Anyone ever tried a barre workout? If not, I’m sure there is one in your area! GO FOR IT!
Thank you Jo (aka Jolene) for the guest post. You my friend are AMAZING!